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Rocket (Arugula) Salad with Halloumi, Walnuts and Summer Fruit

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This rocket salad with fried halloumi and walnuts can be made with summer fruit such as figs or peaches and it is so delicious it could star as the main attraction on your dinner table.

Halloumi cheese, when grilled, goes golden brown on the outside, and melts in the middle, with a fabulous flavour. It works particularly well in salads and I love to pair it with something sweet.   A bite of salty halloumi, sweet figs, crunchy walnuts and peppery rocket is just perfect.

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Before giving you the recipe for this salad which I made last month, I would like to thank all of you who voted for me in the first and second challenges of Project Food Blog, of Foodbuzz.   I did not advance to the third challenge but I wish to congratulate all my friends who did and wish you good luck and of course, shall continue to vote for you, in the  new challenges to come.

An update on my book.  Although I have posted this on Facebook, I know that a lot of my readers are not on Facebook, so the news is that I am having some technical problems.  I have all the content ready but as it was created on Word, when creating the PDF the pictures are downsized, so I have to do this all over again.

I’ve started reading tutorials on how to do this on open office and although at first sight it looks like word, preparing a book is quite complicated, so I will need a lot of time to study it, without distractions.   For this reason I will not be visiting you as often as I would like as blog hopping is  time consuming.   I will continue reading your posts from my reader and from Facebook and once in a while I shall post an easy recipe.

Regarding open office 3.2, if any one knows this program well and wants to share some tips, I will appreciate it.  Please leave me a message and I shall get in touch with you.

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I know that figs are almost over, but if you can still get some (we still get them in Greece) I urge you to try it.

Halloumi and figs are such a perfect match and if you love rocket (arugula) I am sure you will love this salad.   I prefer halloumi pan fried or grilled in salads and when pan frying the halloumi  I decided to toss in the figs, which I caramelized them to bring out their sweetness:  A bite of salty halloumi, sweet figs, crunchy walnuts and peppery rocket is just perfect.  The vinaigrette was tossed in the last minute after the picture was taken.

Collage Rocket, fig and halloumi salad imageRocket (Arugula) Salad with Halloumi, Walnuts and Figs

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time:  5 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 fresh figs, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100 grams (3.5 oz) rocket leaves, washed and dried
  • 4 slices fried halloumi
  • 1/3 cup lightly toasted walnuts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey or epsima (petimezi)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a non stick frying pan over high heat and fry halloumi on both sides.  Remove halloumi and add figs, which slightly roast on both sides.
  2. In a large serving platter arrange rocket and scatter figs and halloumi, cut into smaller pieces, as well as roasted walnuts. In a food processor add all the vinaigrette ingredients and mix.
  3. Just before serving drizzle the vinaigrette on top of the salad and mix.

 

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Rocket, Halloumi, Walnuts and Peach Salad

Serves 5

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams rocket (arugula) leaves, washed and dried
  • 50 grams lettuce
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted, roasted and chopped
  • A knob of butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 slices fried halloumi
  • 10  lightly toasted walnuts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Peach Vinaigrette:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 slices roasted peaches (or peach compote) (or ripe peach and ½ tsp honey – a tbsp water may be necessary)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Brush the peaches with a little butter and roast them for about half an hour in a preheated oven to 170oC. Simultaneously toast the walnuts for 10 – 15 minutes, until fragrant.  Remove to a plate.
  2. Heat the olive oil and fry halloumi on both sides.
  3. In a large serving platter arrange rocket, lettuce and mint, tearing it into small pieces and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the fruit and halloumi, cut into smaller pieces, as well as toasted walnuts.
  4. In a food processor add all the vinaigrette ingredients and mix.

Just before serving drizzle the vinaigrette on top of the salad and mix.

This salad can also be made with raw strawberries, loquats, pears, apricots, cherries etc.

Rocket Salad with loquats image

Rocket Salad with cucumber, red onion, loquats and feta. The vinaigrette was made with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and loquat jam.

This recipe as well as many another recipes are included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

Rocket (Arugula) Salad with Halloumi, Walnuts and Summer Fruit
Rocket (Arugula) Salad with Halloumi, Walnuts and Summer Fruit
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Category: Salads
Cuisine: Greek cuisine

This rocket salad with fried halloumi and walnuts can be made with summer fruit such as figs or peaches and it is so delicious it could star as the main attraction on your dinner table.

Ingredients
5
  • 150 grams rocket leaves, washed and dried
  • 50 grams lettuce
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted, roasted and chopped
  • A knob of butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 slices fried halloumi
  • 10 lightly toasted walnuts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Peach Vinaigrette:
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 slices roasted peaches (or peach compote) (or ripe peach and ½ tsp honey – a tbsp water may be necessary)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
Prep
5 minutes
Cook
30 minutes
  1. Brush the peaches with a little butter and roast them for about half an hour in a preheated oven to 170oC. Simultaneously toast the walnuts for 10 - 15 minutes, until fragrant. Remove to a plate.
  2. Heat the olive oil and fry halloumi on both sides.
  3. In a large serving platter arrange rocket, lettuce and mint, tearing it into small pieces and season with salt and pepper. Scatter the fruit and halloumi, cut into smaller pieces, as well as toasted walnuts.
  4. In a food processor add all the vinaigrette ingredients and mix.
  5. Just before serving drizzle the vinaigrette on top of the salad and mix.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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14 Responses

  1. Halloumi is a favorite of mine. This salad is a complete meal. I like the adding of fruits in the salads.

  2. A gorgeous salad! I love halloumi.

    Cheers,

    Rosa
    My recent post A TASTE OF YELLOW

  3. how much i could to taste halloumi cheese,but here ,in my town,it isn't …
    the salad is a great combination!love it!
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  4. A fantastic salad – I love the combo of halloumi and figs!

  5. I would consider myself in heaven with this salad~ wishing you to continue your book project, as I am planning to buy it and read it!
    Take care, Joumana
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  6. A delicious salad Ivy! Perfect blend of flavors.

  7. Simona

    You reminded me that I should try making halloumi again. My first try was edible, and in fact we ate it all, but not really something to show. This is a very nice salad. Good luck with your book project. I use NeoOffice, which is sort of Open Office specifically for Mac. I have never done a big project like a book. However, I'd be glad to try to answer your questions, if that can help.
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  8. Ivy, the salad looks so healthy and nutritious!

  9. Ivy, I think you just stole my heart with this salad! I love the combination of earthy-sweet-and mellow you got going on here. Now, I must sprint for those last few figs…
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  10. cheffresco

    Great salad! And good luck on the book!

  11. Mamatouille

    This looks and sounds gorgeous–I love figs and cheese together. I've never had halloumi but I've read about it before and would love to try it. Can't wait to try this recipe, Ivy! Yum! And good luck with your open office editing and your book.

  12. une salade remplie de bonnes saveurs, j’aime beaucoup

    bonne journée

  13. Je n'ai pas encore cuisiné le halloumi.
    Ta recette est très tentante et je voudrai l'essayer bientôt.
    See soon

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